Loyola University Chicago

Focus on Teaching and Learning

Focus on Teaching and Learning: Fall 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Life Sciences Auditorium (Keynote) and Klarchek Information Commons (Break out Sessions), Lake Shore Campus


The Loyola University Chicago bi-annual Focus on Teaching & Learning (FOTL) conference is dedicated to the belief that as educators, we can grow and develop by learning through one another. We seek to contribute to a faculty and staff life that involves active scholarship, candid and vibrant collaboration, and innovative activities that reflect the University’s mission. Our hope is that FOTL can support faculty activity at all stages of development, and that work begun through this gathering can continue in myriad ways in faculty life.

The theme of this fall semester conference is "Social Justice: Promoting Diversity and Understanding Privilege.” This theme is intended to assist us in considering how the value of social justice is present and can be expanded in our work here at Loyola, both inside and outside the classroom.

We are pleased to be joined by Dr. Diane Goodman, our keynote speaker for the event. As a professor, consultant, trainer, author and activist, Dr. Goodman has been addressing issues of diversity and social justice for over 25 years. Diane and her associates have worked with a wide range of organizations, community groups, and universities on diversity and social justice issues. Using a participatory approach, she helps people increase their awareness, knowledge and skills to foster equity and inclusion.


PLEASE NOTE: Check-in, light breakfast, introductions and the keynote address will in the Quinlan Life Sciences Building Auditorium (LSB 142). Following the announcements, we will move to the Information Commons for the remainder of the day.

8:30 - 9:00 am

Check-in and light breakfast

9:00-9:05 Welcome by Vice Provost David Prasse

9:05 - 10:10 Keynote address

Dr. Diane Goodman: Social Justice in the Classroom: Creating Equitable and Inclusive Learning Environments. How does social justice relate to teaching and learning? This keynote will explore five dimensions that help create socially just learning environments that allow all students to fully engage and learn. Regardless of discipline, faculty can ensure that content, pedagogy and interpersonal and group dynamics foster equity and inclusion.

10:10-10:20 Announcement of Freshmen Teaching Award 2015 recipients

10:30 - 11:30

TopHat: LUC's New Response System by Sarah Kentner

IDEA/Campus Labs by Ken Ryalls, IDEA and Fraser Turner

Engaging Power & Privilege through Partnership and Ignatian Pedagogy by Miguel Macias, Paige Gardner, and Susan Haarman

Using Evidence-Based Learning, ePortfolios & Assessment in Curricular and Co-Curricular Programs by Shannon Milligan and Michelle Kusel

Greenzone: Creating a Safe Place for Student Veterans by Anita Lumpkin

Sustainability Across the Curriculum by Aaron Durnbaugh (PDF Handout)

11:40 - 12:10

May we take the test as a group? by Robyn Mallett and Rayne Bozeman (PDF)

How the IPP Fosters Reflection Practitioners by Danielle Forchette

What's New in Sakai 10? by ITRS Staff

Using Library Data Tools to Design Social Justice Focused Assignments by Benjamin Aldred

Rethinking Class Participation in a Humanities Course by Hans Svebakken

The Art of the Revision: Crafting Critique in the Classroom by Alyson Paige Warren (Handout 12)

Quinlan Ramble: an Exploration of IPP in Co-Curricular Experiential Learning by Stacy Neier Beran, Alex See, and Allison Davis (PDF)

12:15 - 1:15 pm LUNCH

1:20 - 2:50

Serving Together: Educating for Justice for Immigrants by Mark Kuczewski, Katherine Kaufka Walts, Ruth Gomberg Munzo, Aurora Chang, Ginny McCarthy, Karen Aquirre, and Everado Arias (PDFs 123456)

Approaching the Bridge: Faith, Service  & Justice in the Context of Diversity by Jon Schmidt, Colby Dickinson, Megan Barry, and April Gutierrez

Integration of the Art of Reflection in the Education & Practice of Spiritual Care by P. Ann Solari-Twadell, Fr. Glenn Chung, S.J., Kara Podjasek, Megan Ryan, Julia Newman and Rachel Filer.

Practical Approaches to Using Technology for "Secure & Manageable" Course Development by Bruce Montes and Dan Vonder Heide (PDF)

Engaging Pedagogies that Work: Community Building & Collaborative Learning in the Classroom  by Annie Kelly and Veronica Wilson

Social Justice Workshop: Microaggressions in the Classroom. by Diane Goodman. Faculty as well as students often unintentionally do or say things that are hurtful and offensive. This workshop will help faculty identify and respond to microaggressions that affect students from a variety of social identity groups.

3:00 - 4:00

RAW: Self-Analyzing Whiteness by Paige Gardner, Felicia Gowanlock, Jenn Kosciw, and Monica Cohen

IDEA/Campus Labs by Ken Ryalls, IDEA and Fraser Turner

Critical Conversations about Concepts that Matter by Kathleen Maas Weigert, Jon Schmidt, and Caleb Steindam (Handout)

Interfaith Ally Training by Brian Anderson AND Ethical Immersions & Ignatian Pedagogy by Susan Haarman

Social Justice Collections in Loyola's Archives by Nancy Freeman and Ashley Howdeshell

Engaged Learning Faculty Development by Patrick Green

The Fall 2015 FOTL program is co-sponsored by:  Academic Technology Services, the Center for Experiential Learning, Faculty Administration, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Office of Research Services, and the University Libraries.